Virginia Mesothelioma Attorneys

The Virginia mesothelioma law firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein has dedicated its practice to representing asbestos exposure victims. The firm has been working with mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and asbestosis victims for more than 30 years, and in that time, its mesothelioma attorneys have successfully recovered millions on behalf of Virginia residents who became ill due to asbestos exposure.

Our Virginia mesothelioma attorneys have seen first-hand the devastating effects of the illness, and want to help ensure that anyone who has been exposed to asbestos understands the legal rights afforded to them by law, the treatment options available for asbestos-related illnesses, and the link between asbestos use and cancer which may have been uncovered as early as the 1930s. To help accomplish this, our Virginia mesothelioma lawyers are providing patients and their loved ones with the following resources, covering both the medical and legal aspects of asbestos cancer.

History of Asbestos

Asbestos, a set of six naturally occurring minerals, has been used for more than 2000 years for its heat resistance and insulation properties. Asbestos use gained popularity in the late 1800s during the Industrial Revolution and peaked during World War II. As early as the 1930s, however, major medical journals began linking asbestos to cancer, though companies continued to use the mineral in manufacturing and construction, failing to inform the public of the serious health risks associated with asbestos. Here you will find more information about the history of asbestos, employees who may have been exposed to asbestos on the job, and the negligence of asbestos companies who failed to report the dangers of the mineral.

Asbestos Exposure

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, it can be found in the environment, and due to its heat resistance and insulation properties, was used in thousands of products, including drywall, ceilings and floor tiles. Employees who worked with the mineral on a daily basis, however, may have the greatest risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses. In this section, you can learn more about asbestos exposure, jobsites and products which were known to contain asbestos, and the diseases which can result from the inhalation or ingestion of the mineral.


Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer which develops in the mesothelium, the protective lining which covers many of the body's internal organs. There are three main types of mesothelioma, comprising of pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma, all of which are caused by asbestos exposure. Here you will find out more about this asbestos-related illness, including symptoms of mesothelioma, treatment for the disease, and cancer centers and doctors which specialize in caring for patients with mesothelioma.

Legal Help for Mesothelioma Patients

Because asbestos companies knew about the dangers of asbestos, individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma may have legal recourse. Potentially, a mesothelioma lawsuit would seek compensation for damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and in cases of death, funeral expenses, which resulted from the patient's cancer. In this section, you can learn more about the steps in filing a mesothelioma lawsuit and view the litigation record obtained by the mesothelioma lawyers at our firm. Additionally, patients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or loved ones acting on their behalf, can also take advantage of our firm's free case evaluation, provided at no cost and with no obligation.

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The Asbestos Cover-up

Asbestos companies knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure but continued to put Virginia workers and their families at risk for malignant mesothelioma cancer. Protect Your Rights.

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